All Blacks support for SL rugby

2016-02-26 08:34:07

Visiting New Zealand Prime Minister John Key is reported to have told Telecommunication and Digital Technology Minister Harin Fernando that his government will assist to set an academy to improve Rugby in Sri Lanka.

Mr. Fernando, the Minister in attendance to the visiting Prime Minister, said he discussed the matter with him during a function in Pannala on Wednesday.

The New Zealand rugby team nicknamed 'All Blacks' is the reigning Rugby world champion.

“The New Zealand Prime Minister is aware that I, clad in an all-Black T shirt, witnessed New Zealand winning the cup last year. I went to watch the final match. Also, he is aware that Sri Lankans supported New Zealand against other teams in sports Likewise, the Prime Minister told me that New Zealanders were also cheering for Sri Lanka,” he said.

The Minister said he sought assistance from the Prime Minister to help develop Rugby.

“The Prime Minister readily agreed. New Zealand agreed to provide us with expertise in coaching,” he said. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 5

  • Wazza Friday, 26 February 2016 08:51

    How about they employ a NZ coach to start with.

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    Amenda Friday, 26 February 2016 09:07

    Don't know this also would be like google loons.

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    Dee Friday, 26 February 2016 10:30

    Would be way better than the Y007 floating rugby icons

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    Kadmin Friday, 26 February 2016 09:35

    This is great. We have to have more sports other than Cricket competes in international levels. Hopefully this could be a great initiative.

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    Gamekolla7 Friday, 26 February 2016 11:51

    NZ coaching assistance and NZ govt funding for academy would be good. But it is worth noting that unlike in Sri Lanka neither the sports minister or the PM can tell NZ rugby or other sporting bodies what to do (eg just visited PM Key could not ensure his son got in the national rugby squad)

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